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OsteoArthritis of the Knee and Hip

“In 2009 in the United States, 904,900 knee and hip replacements were performed at a cost of $42.3 billion.” [1]

Recent research reveals “the annual economic impact of arthritis in the U.S. is estimated at over $120 billion, representing more than 2% of the gross domestic product.” More alarmingly, “moderate increases in mortality rates have been observed among U.S. adults with knee OA.” [1]

Standard Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Degeneration of the tissue lining of the joints (cartilage) due to age, physiological use, plus other factors is the primary cause of osteoarthritis which leads to pain and limitations of mobility. Arthritis prevalence is also expected to increase as the population ages in the coming decades.  Moreover, strong epidemiological evidence links obesity to an increased risk of knee arthritis.

People who suffer from osteoarthritis have limited choices in treatments and may opt for pain management, prescriptions or joint replacement surgery. Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery has an average cost of $50,000, physical therapy typically last 12 weeks, and it may take 12 months before you have fully recovered.  Furthermore, chronic pain will occur in 40% of knee replacement patients one year after surgery.  Unfortunately, all the expenses incurred for a joint replacement is not covered by insurance plans.

Stem cell therapy is a viable option with enormous potential in treating arthritis. It involves replacing the lost cartilage and regenerating new cells for the patients undergoing this treatment. Surgery is not involved in stem cell therapy as the patient uses their own cells to replace the lost cartilage, manage pain, at a significantly lower cost compared with knee replacement.

How can Stem Cells Make Me Heal?

In the case of arthritis, chronic pain is caused by the thinning cartilage and loss of synovial fluid found in the knee joints. Stem cell therapy helps you heal by encouraging regrowth of the lost cartilage and production of synovial fluid (lubricant) to help restore the normal knee function, thereby giving relief from the arthritic symptoms.

Stem cell therapy may be a better alternative treatment for arthritis because it is less invasive than surgery and does not involve potentially addictive pain medications. Worst cases of arthritis usually require knee/patellar replacement surgery, which is not only hard on your aging body but is also very expensive. Stem cell therapy for arthritis is less costly and takes less recovery time. The therapy is also natural, and either involves your own cells (autologous) or a donor (placental) cells.

Is Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Arthritis Backed by Clinical Trials?

Yes. This procedure is not science fiction. It is clinically proven to help some patients restore their normal knee joint function. Several clinical trials found stem cell therapy effective in regenerating lost cartilage and a potential cure for arthritis in some patients. Further clinical trials are working on improving protocols to maximize the patients who receive benefits.

How Does It Work?

The procedure for eligible candidates involves taking a small bone marrow sample from the back of the hip. Unlike the bone marrow biopsy, the procedure is more comfortable.  The cells are then processed to isolate and increase the concentration of these cells and re-injected to the knees’ joints to facilitate new cartilage growth. It is an outpatient procedure that involves no anesthesia which can be done while you comfortably talk to your doctor. Another option involves is to use placental donated stem cells.

Candidates for Stem Cell Therapy:

Patients considered eligible for stem cell therapy for arthritis are those who have osteoarthritis (OA) and experiencing pain in the knees but without a complete collapse of the joint space. Almost all of the OA patients may be able to receive stem cell treatment. However, people with lymphomas, leukemia, blood-borne diseases, active infections, and those on Coumadin cannot benefit from this procedure. A simple consultation with us will help decide if this procedure is a good option for you.

What to Expect After the Therapy?

You may expect some tightness and mild swelling in the joint for 2 or so days. As the stem cells take hold and grow, you should expect a significant decrease in pain and improvement in joint mobility within one to two months of receiving the therapy. However, some individuals may take up to six months to receive maximum benefit.  To optimize the success rate, we inject the highest quality of cells with a protocol that is unmatched. More importantly, we provide this therapy at the lowest price you can possibly find.

What are the Risks Associated with Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Arthritis?

The risks associated with the stem cell procedure for arthritis is very minimal, and the only known risk for the treatment is the risk of infection. You will receive your treatment with us under sterile technique.

Why would You Choose Us?

We provide the highest quality of stem cells at an unbeatable cost. You will find that we are more affordable than most, if not all, of our competitors.  These are the same competitors that typically use the same equipment from the same suppliers that we use. By focussing expenses solely on stem cell and Platelet Rich Plasma solutions, we minimize the cost of overhead that has nothing to do with stem cells and PRP.  You won’t find expensive X-ray machines, MRI, laboratory equipment, large office, and large staff that has absolutely nothing to do with your stem cell therapy.

Resources:

[1] Murphy L, Helmick CG. The Impact of Osteoarthritis in the United States: A Population-Health Perspective. American Journal of Nursing. March 2012, Vol. 112, No. 3.

[2] Uth, K. Stem Cell Application for Osteoarthritis in The Knee Joint: A Mini Review. World Journal of Stem Cells. 2014, Vol. 6, No. 5, 629-636.

[3] Tsaiwei O, Grogan S, Lotz MC, D’Lima, D, & Snyder, E. Repair of Cartilage Defects in Arthritic Tissue with Differentiated Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Tissue Engineering Part A. 2013.